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Offbeat Wireless charging for electric taxis to be trialled in UK

13:31  17 january  2020
13:31  17 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Wireless charging for electric taxis waiting in their rank is to be trialled in Nottingham. The government is putting £3.4m towards fitting five charging plates outside the city's railway station. The six-month pilot project will see 10 electric taxis fitted with the necessary hardware and the scheme

Flexible wireless vehicle charging is to be launched on UK roads for the first time, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. The technology is to be installed at a taxi rank outside Nottingham railway station as part of a £3.4 million Government investment. Electric taxis in the city will be able

a car parked in a parking lot: The pilot will see the technology installed at a cab rank outside Nottingham railway station© Getty The pilot will see the technology installed at a cab rank outside Nottingham railway station Wireless on-street charging for electric taxis is to be trialled in the UK for the first time.

The pilot, supported by £3.4m of government cash, will see the technology installed at a cab rank outside Nottingham railway station.

Ten electric taxis in the city will be fitted with hardware to enable them to recharge their batteries by parking over five plates in the road while waiting for their next passengers.

Electric taxi fleets in urban areas are crucial to cutting vehicle emissions and improving air quality, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).

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The charging points will allow electric taxis to charge while waiting in line for customers without The Government has trialled wireless charging before with a scheme in Milton Keynes in 2014 that The initiatives are part of the Government's pledge to reduce the UK 's emissions to net zero by 2050.

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It also said the wireless charging system was more convenient and avoided the clutter of chargepoints and cables.

Nottingham City Council will own the vehicles and provide them to drivers rent free in a six-month trial.

If the scheme is successful, the technology could be made more widely available to the public.

a parking meter sitting on the side of the road: The wireless system is more convenient and avoids the clutter of chargepoints and cables© Reuters The wireless system is more convenient and avoids the clutter of chargepoints and cables Wireless charging was launched for buses in Milton Keynes in 2014, but the vehicles could only recharge at the start and end of their routes.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said electric taxis were playing a leading role in tackling reducing air pollution in city centres.

He said: "New wireless technology will make using an electric taxi quicker and more convenient, allowing drivers to charge up at taxi ranks before heading off with their next passenger."

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Norway’s appetite for electric cars is booming, and its capital of Oslo will be the first to install wireless charging infrastructure for the city’s electric taxis . Finnish energy company Fortum announced its partnership with Oslo on the project

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: "Charging technology, including wireless, is vital in giving consumers confidence to make the switch from petrol to electric cars.

"This pioneering trial in Nottingham, and others like it, will help us take crucial steps towards lower emissions and cleaner air.

"We are determined to end our contribution to global warming entirely by 2050 - and delivering cleaner and greener transport systems is a key part of this."

The Nottingham trial comes as other cities move to cut harmful pollution.

York is on track to have the UK's first car-free city centre, while Bristol has also previously announced plans to become the first UK city to ban diesel cars by next year.

High-polluting vehicles entering central London already face an extra £10 levy on top of the £11.50 congestion charge.

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